Exercise Psychology

Coach Dale Brown, one of the outstanding personalities in college athletics, began his 44-year coaching career as a high school wrestling, football, and track coach. He served as an assistant coach for 5 years at Utah State and 1 year at Washington State University before becoming head coach at Louisiana State University. In the 25 years before Brown's arrival, LSU won a total 288 games and went to 2 NCAA tournaments. Under Brown's coaching, game attendance soared and the Tigers won 448 games and appeared in 13 NCAA tournaments. His 1986 team was the lowest...

Dr. Burke is Professor and Chairperson of the Department of Kinesiology at Towson University. He received the Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and recreational studies (double major), with a minor in sociology, from Belmont Abbey College.

Dr. Burke was a member of the Pi Gamma Mu National Social Science Honor Society, played on the men's tennis team, and was a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Academic All-American Tennis Team nominee, making the N.A.I.A. All-District 26 Tennis Team in both singles and doubles play.

Dr. Burke received the Master of Arts...

Mark B. Andersen, PhD, is an adjunct professor at Halmstad University in Sweden. He lives in Australia and collaborates intercontinentally with his Swedish colleagues in the areas of research, training, and supervision in applied sport and exercise psychology. He graduated with a PhD in psychology in 1988 from the University of Arizona and became a licensed psychologist in the United States in 1989. In 1994 he immigrated to Australia where he is a registered clinical psychologist. He has taught courses in the psychology of rehabilitation and the professional practice of...

Samuel J. Zizzi, EdD, CC-AASP, is the Dr. Pat Fehl endowed professor of sport and exercise psychology in the College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences (CPASS) at West Virginia University (WVU).

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Whitney Sedgwick, PhD, R. Psych., is a psychologist at the University of British Columbia’s Counselling Services. Prior to this, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the School of Human Kinetics at UBC where she conducted research (primarily on body image) and taught courses in sport psychology. Her research interests include the development of expertise, in both athletes and the practitioners who work with them. Whitney has a master’s degree in sport psychology and a doctorate in clinical psychology. She has taught sport science and psychology courses at universities throughout North America. Whitney has also worked as a sport psychology consultant for nine years, including a year at I.N.S.E.P., the French National Sport Institute, in Paris, France. Whitney was a candidate for the Canadian National Rowing team as a coxswain. With a competitive running background, she looks forward to more triathlon racing in the future.

Joe Baker, PhD, is an assistant professor in the School of Kinesiology and Health Sciences at York University, Toronto, Canada. His PhD research examined physiological and psychological components of expertise in Ironman triathletes. Joe has been a triathlete and ultra-runner for more than 15 years, racing triathlon distances from sprint to Ironman. He has published articles on the requirements of successful performance in journals such as the Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, Applied Cognitive Psychology, and has presented his research at academic conferences around the world. In 2000, Joe was a winner of the Franklin Henry Young Scientist Award by the Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology.

Carrie Silver-Bernstein is the head tennis coach at the University of Hartford, an NCAA Division I institution. She has been coaching at the college and high school levels for 8 years, acquiring an 86-25 win-loss record. A licensed physical therapist and certified athletic trainer, Ms. Silver-Bernstein is a cochair of the National Strength and Conditioning Association Special Interest Group for Tennis. She is also president of Team Conditioning Concepts, a company that provides comprehensive fitness, health, and psychological skills training for competitive tennis players and other athletes. Ms. Silver-Bernstein is a skilled athlete in her own right. Since 1997 she was ranked #1 in Open Division Doubles in New England (with coauthor Van Raalte), and she played on the East region soccer team that won the Nutmeg Games.

Judy L. Van Raalte, Ph.D., is an associate professor of psychology at Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts; a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee Registry of sport psychologists; and a certified sport psychology consultant. She is also a member of the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology. She has provided sport psychology services to NCAA Division I, II, and III tennis teams as well as to a number of competitive junior tennis players. Dr. Van Raalte is an avid tennis player. Currently, she is ranked #5 in New England in the Open division. Her strokes aren't always pretty, but she is mentally tough! In her years as a college coach she acquired a 51-12 win-loss record, for a .81 winning percentage.